22. Housing the American West: Western Women's Literature, Early Twentieth Century and Beyond

  1. Nicolas S. Witschi
  1. Cathryn Halverson

Published Online: 27 MAY 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444396591.ch22

A Companion to the Literature and Culture of the American West

A Companion to the Literature and Culture of the American West

How to Cite

Halverson, C. (2011) Housing the American West: Western Women's Literature, Early Twentieth Century and Beyond, in A Companion to the Literature and Culture of the American West (ed N. S. Witschi), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444396591.ch22

Editor Information

  1. Western Michigan University, USA

Author Information

  1. University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 27 MAY 2011
  2. Published Print: 15 APR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405187336

Online ISBN: 9781444396591

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Keywords:

  • housing the American West - western women's literature, early twentieth century, and beyond;
  • “Little House” series, Laura Ingalls Wilder - fictionalized account, of her girlhood series of little houses across the West;
  • western writers, twentieth century - probing the meaning of home;
  • open plains of Zitkala-Ša's childhood, essayist and fiction writer - Sui Sin Far, taking us to a very different West;
  • Sui Sin Far's exposure to other Asians - limited to her family, education in Chinese culture accelerated, once she moved west;
  • Sui Sin Far, one of the earliest theorists - of Asian American identity, range of cultural positions;
  • Mary MacLane, the Butte author of The Story of Mary MacLane - a different dilemma;
  • Elinore Pruitt Stewart, unsettling account of domestic life - in the West, Letters of a Woman Homesteader;
  • Mary Austin, proffering a homesteading narrative - her autobiography Earth Horizon (1932);
  • Mari Sandoz's Old Jules (1935) - pathbreaking text, of frontier life, western heroism and western brutality, two sides of the same coin

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Zitkala - Ša

  • Sui Sin Far

  • Mary MacLane

  • Willa Cather

  • Elinore Pruitt Stewart

  • Mary Austin

  • Light Housekeeping

  • “So Big and So Free”?

  • References and Further Reading